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Groups reach deal on Utah caucus system

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group pushing to overhaul Utah's system for nominating political candidates has worked out a deal with state lawmakers that both sides say enables more participation.

In a deal announced Sunday afternoon, both sides have agreed on new legislation to preserve Utah's caucus-convention system but allow primary elections as an alternative path to the ballot if a candidate gathers enough signatures.

Lawmakers and the Count My Vote group were squaring off over the caucus system, which Count My Vote argues is difficult to participate in and results in extreme candidates.

Count My Vote has been working on a ballot initiative to let voters decide whether to move to primary elections.

Supporters of the caucus system, including many lawmakers, argue it requires politicians to win over delegates in person rather than relying on fundraising and campaign advertisements.


Police in Utah school district armed with rifles

(Information in the following story is from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the largest school districts in Utah has issued its police force AR15 and M16 rifles to help protect students.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the Granite School District in the Salt Lake City area obtained the weapons from a U.S. Department of Defense program that gives surplus equipment to police agencies.

There are 62 agencies in Utah that get equipment from the program, but Granite is the only one whose primary responsibility is schools.

The school district's police officers don't keep the rifles with them at all times. They are locked in a rack inside their cars.

It's unknown how many other school districts in the country have received rifles from the program, but there's at least one in California.


2 with Utah ties chosen as White House interns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two students with ties to Utah have been selected as White House interns.

Katharine Marsden of Salt Lake City and Ryan Greenburg of Brigham Young University will serve for the spring session. Marsden has attended the University of Chicago, while Greenburg is from Johns Creek, Ga.

Interns will work in one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Cabinet Affairs, the Office of the First Lady and the Office of Communications.

The program's mission is to make the White House accessible for future leaders across the country and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership positions.


23 Mormon missionaries moved in Ukraine

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has removed 23 missionaries from Ukraine's Crimean peninsula amid civil unrest there.

The church says the 23 missionaries serving in the Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Mission have been removed from the peninsula and transferred to other areas within the mission as a precautionary measure.

The Salt Lake City-based church, with several hundred missionaries and some 11,000 members in Ukraine, announced the move in a statement issued Saturday. The church has about 15 million members worldwide.

The church took the action hours after Russia captured the Crimean peninsula, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine.

Ukraine's new government came to power last week following months of pro-democracy protests against a pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, and his decision to turn Ukraine toward Russia instead of the EU.


Stericycle move prompts concerns at Tooele meeting

(Information in the following story is from: Deseret News,

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A group of Tooele County residents is urging its state lawmakers to carefully consider the impacts of relocating the contentious Stericycle medical waste incinerator to their county.

The group, at a town hall meeting Saturday in Tooele, voiced its concerns as Stericycle seeks to move its facility from suburban North Salt Lake to a remote site west of Tooele.

The Deseret News reports the meeting drew residents, Stericycle officials and Reps. Doug Sagers of Tooele and Merrill Nelson of Grantsville.

Jewel Allen of Tooele County Citizens for Clean Air says her group is counting on the lawmakers "not to downplay the negatives and to hold Stericycle's feet to the fire."

Stericycle officials say the plant emits very low levels of emissions, and doesn't pose a health risk.


Slain Utah officer's wife launches support group

(Information in the following story is from: Standard-Examiner,

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — The widow of a slain Ogden police officer is launching an emotional support system for spouses and families of other Utah officers killed in the line of duty.

Erin Francom, whose husband, Jared, was shot and killed Jan. 4, 2012 during a drug raid, is forming a Utah chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS.

She tells the Standard-Examiner of Ogden that she's at a point in her life where she's ready to talk about it and she wants to share what she's learned to help others.

She says she had a small support net to help her deal with her husband's death, but nothing like what COPS offers.

Among other things, COPS offers counseling, support at trials and a camp for children of fallen officers.


Man, woman found dead in their Kaysville home

KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Two people were found dead early Sunday morning in their Kaysville home, and police are unsure about the cause of their deaths.

Police say a man's body was found in the living room and a woman's body was discovered in the bathroom, and they might have been dead for a week.

Police responded after a newspaper delivery person reported many uncollected newspapers outside and lights on inside the home.

Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play and the bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.

Fire officials checked for carbon monoxide to ensure the home was safe to enter, but found no signs of it.

The names of the two people and the nature of their relationship weren't immediately released.


Museum at Hill Air Force Base to downsize

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) — The Hill Aerospace Museum at Utah's Hill Air Force Base is downsizing.

Museum officials say they'll reduce their collection by 18 aircraft, three missiles and an unspecified number of support vehicles.

Acting Museum Director Aaron Clark says the museum no longer has the manpower and funding necessary to give the aircraft the care they need.

He says planes on display outside need to be painted every five years or so, which can run from $15,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the aircraft.

Plans call for the 18 planes to first be offered to other museums across the country.

Clark says after the downsizing, the museum will still feature more than 2,000 artifacts, including over 50 planes.

More than 138,000 people visited the museum last year.

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